Social Change Through Individual Choice: TEDxToronto Shares Final Set of Speakers

TORONTO [Tuesday, August 27th, 2013]

TEDxToronto 2013 is bringing together 12 engaging speakers to bring to life the idea that we are who we are today because of the choices we have made in the days that precede it. The conference, taking place on September 26, 2013 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, will focus on the theme “The Choices We Make”.

The third and final group of speakers announced today is a diverse one, showing quite literally how the choices we make can carve out unique paths for our society as a whole. This impressive group includes a professor dubbed “the modern-day da Vinci”, a preservationist and conscientious eater who is changing our approach to food, a feminist advocate combatting sexism and misogyny, and the CEO of the world’s leading social research firm.

“With our group of speakers for this year’s TEDxToronto officially complete, I’m excited to witness the thought-provoking TEDxTalks that each one will offer,” said Afshin Mousavian, chair and co-organizer of TEDxToronto. “The final four speakers announced today will undoubtedly offer delegates new ideas for evoking meaningful change in their lives.”

The third set of speakers is:

Dr. Steve Mann: Steve Mann, PhD, and a Professor at the University of Toronto, has been recognized as "the father of the wearable computer". Mann was the inventor of the EyeBorg camera, named one of the 50 Best Inventions of the Year by TIME. The ideas from his recent book "CYBORG: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable Computer" inspired a motion picture film about his life said by P.O.V. to be Canada's most important film of the year. He has been described as a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci and is also a sculptor and artist.

Joel MacCharles: Joel MacCharles is a home cook. His passion for food includes eating, cooking, growing, hunting, reading and writing about it. He is also passionate about studying and creating change for sustainability, small farmers and food security. He (with his partner Dana) has shared more than 1,700 articles and recipes on food-related topics (especially preserving food) through several online communities anchored by When not online, look for him at a Farmer’s Market, Community Function or chatting to a Chef or Farmer about preserving.

Steph Guthrie: Steph Guthrie is a feminist advocate and community manager whose work tackles the intersections of gender, culture and technology. Steph founded Women in Toronto Politics and is a faculty member and lifelong learner at Academy of the Impossible. Her comments have appeared in the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, Metro News, CBC, Global News and FLARE Magazine. Steph holds a Master of Arts in Communication & Culture from York and Ryerson Universities. Follow her on Twitter at @amirightfolks.

Darrell Bricker: Darrell Bricker is CEO, Ipsos Public Affairs, the world’s leading social research firm. Ipsos Public Affairs is part of Ipsos, the 2nd largest market research company in the world. Darrell has written 5 bestselling books. He also holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining Ipsos, Dr. Bricker was Director of Research for Canada’s Prime Minister. Darrell lives in Toronto with his wife Nina and daughter Emily. Follow him on twitter  at @darrellbricker.

The speakers announced today join eight others including: Rodolphe el-Khoury, Michael Stone, Dr. Brendan Frey, Ti-Anna Wang, Mark Henick, Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Deborah S. Berlin-Romalis and Mark Bowden (Click here for more information). Performers for the conference as well as conference hosts will be announced over the coming weeks.

To learn more about the speakers and the conference, visit

Photos of the speakers are available upon request.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world.

The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

Contact Information

For interviews with TEDxToronto organizers or speakers:

Candi Jeronimo

Public Relations Manager, TEDxToronto

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